Universal Free School Meals.
You may be aware that the Government has announced that, from September 2014, funding will be provided to enable schools to offer a free lunch to every Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2).
Pilot projects have found that universal free school meals can have significant benefits both for individual children and for the broader life of the school. Stockport Council fully supports the initiative and encourages families to take up the free lunch offer which will provide the children of Stockport with a healthy and nutritious meal.
Free School Meals.
Would My Children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) Be Eligible for Free School Meals?
If you are in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment Support Allowance or the Guarantee part of Pension Credit or if you have an annual income (as assessed by the HM Revenue and Customs) of less than £16,190 each year (but not Working Tax Credit) you will be eligible for Free School Meals.
Free School Meals could save you up to £380 per year for each child.
By applying for Free School Meals you could also trigger additional resources for your children’s school through the Pupil Premium. For every entitled child and whose parent has registered, the school will receive £900 to help children from lower income families. If you don’t want your child to have the free school meals they can continue with packed as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered – if you are making a claim for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support the school will receive the additional funding.
How Do I Apply?
You can apply for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support from the Benefits homepage HERE.
If you do not need to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support and only want to claim Free School Meals then you should fill in an online claim form.
You should also make a claim online if you are already receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support and one of your children starts full-time nursery or school maintained by the Local Authority.
Access the Free School Meals online claim form HERE.
Once you have completed the online form and submitted it, it will be sent straight to the Free School Meals Team to be processed..
If your child is not attending a Stockport school, you must make your claim for Free School Meals with the Authority who is educating your child.
Schools cannot provide free meals to Key Stage 2 children until it has been authorised by the Council.